Whether you're feeling competitive or just want to get some constructive feedback on your homemade wines and cheeses, this year you can enter both in the San Diego County Fair! Last year one of our customers won Best of Show with his first wine kit ever -- this year it could be you! See more information below about entering. There will also be a Homemade Cheeses contest for the first time at the San Diego County Fair! More information coming very soon -- check our Facebook page, the Queso Diego San Diego Cheese Club website, or the San Diego County Fair website for entry details.
Now is also a great time to start thinking about the wines and cheeses you want to give as gifts for the holidays. We have a great selection of wine kits in stock, but if we don't have it we can get almost any varietal from anywhere in the world from Winexpert or Cellar Craft -- contact us with what you're interested in, we'll send you a price quote and let you know if we have it or when it should arrive at Curds and Wine. You can make wine for as little as $7 a bottle with your own personalized labels! We also have 375 mL bottles available that are great gift sizes, then you can have as many as 60 bottles of wine from each kit you make!
Enter Your Wines and Cheeses in the San Diego County Fair
Friday May 4, 2012 Entry Deadline (Online Only) 11:59pm Friday May 18, 2012 Entry Delivery 12:00pm - 8:00pm Saturday June 16, 2012 Award ceremony and exhibitor tasting 12:30pm
Entry fee is $10 per wine, and you must submit 2 (750 mL) bottles of wine. The best part of entering the San Diego County Fair wine competition is that you get 2 complimentary tickets to the Fair AND access to the awards ceremony, where you can meet the other contestants and get to try everyone's wines! It's a great time with lots of fun, food, and wine.
If you win a medal with a wine kit, let us know! We would like to showcase all of our winning customers.
Product update: Tangy yogurt culture will be replaced with Creamy yogurt culture
If you are a fan of the "tangy" yogurt cultures we have available, they will soon be gone! We have a few left in stock, please contact us if you want us to hold a culture pack for you.
In its place we will soon be offering a "creamy" yogurt culture, which will be slightly less tangy than the "tangy" culture but will have a creamier consistency in the finished product. These cultures will also be available in a 5-pack direct set package for $5.95 at Curds and Wine.
Space in these courses are very limited and are going quick, so reserve your spot today!
New Winexpert Wine Kits with Grape Skins: Italian Brunello and Italian Amarone
Two AMAZING new wine kits with grape skins are now available from Winexpert: Italian Brunello and Italian Amarone. Both kits will be available at Curds and Wine, contact us to reserve yours today!
Italian Brunello is bold, yet supple, the big, smoky-earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant-like fruit gives way to a hint of tar and cracked black pepper, cedar, whiffs of licorice, leather, and also plums and black cherries, followed by a richly tannic, long, long finish. Its firm backbone of acids and tannins make it work well with rich and spicy foods like Italian sausages or lasagna as well as hard cheeses such as Asiago and Pecorino Romano. $146.95 at Curds and Wine
Italian Amarone is an intense, complex wine, with a wide array of flavors and aromas. This heavyweight exudes aromas of sour cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums, dried fruits, anise, raisins, bitter almond, tobacco, leather and molasses, and has a spicy-earthy bittersweet finish that goes on and on from the huge volume of tannins. Pair with grilled beef, strong dry cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano or Asiago), pasta with meat-based tomato sauces, antipasto, veal or roast pork. $153.95 at Curds and Wine
Make Your Wine on Site at Curds and Wine
You can always make these great new wine kits, or any wine kits, on site at Curds and Wine. You pay the cost of the wine kit(s) and can make up to 3 wine kits per session (visit) with your paid vintning fee: $100 vintning fee for the first wine kit, $50 for the second wine kit, and $25 for the third wine kit started per session. Each initial $100 vinting fee qualifies for our Vintner's Value program. If you have not made a wine kit before, or have limited space to make wine at home, making wine on site at Curds and Wine is a great way to get started! Contact us to set up your appointment today!